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by Holly Dolezalek Special to Finance & Commerce
The people who lead their industries often do so, not because of one strength, but a combination of strengths that lets them see opportunities where others don’t.
Case in point: Mat Johnson, who not only understands communication technology, but understands of what to do with communication — which has enabled him to break new ground in health care.
After studying IT and scientific/technical communication at the University of Minnesota, Johnson started down this path at a company he founded. Biztech Communicators helped big clients including Honeywell and Cargill handle their digital communication, including video. Later, he became president of Veldhiezen, and that’s where he found a problem that needed solving.
“I was doing a project to stream live surgeries over a VPN from the United States to other countries,” Johnson explains, “and I was having a lot of trouble getting the communication to work … even if you type something in that the machine translates accurately, that doesn’t mean that communication is happening.”
Errors are problematic in any field; in surgery, they can be deadly.